Over 150 dogs, who were involved in a huge dog-fighting operation, have been seized from four separate properties in North Carolina. On Wednesday, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (ASPCA) released details about the raid, which resulted in the arrest of 10 North Carolina men, and the seizure of 156 dogs.
According to the release, on Tuesday and Wednesday, thanks to a coordinated law enforcement operation, the following individuals were arrested for allegedly engaging in illegal dog-fighting and selling narcotics in the Onslow County area.
Lewis Edmond Andrews, Jr., 41 of Maple Hill
Ronnie Jeremy Thompson, 39 of Jacksonville
William Jay Farrior, a/k/a “Bo”, 36 of Maple Hill
Randall Jacob James, a/k/a “Slim”, 32 of Maple Hill
Mark Anthony West, 52 of Jacksonville
Leo Chadwick, 63 of Hubert
Aaron Richardson, a/k/a “Jit”, 41 of Jacksonville
Cedric Gerard Cook, 38 of Fayetteville
James David Martin, 38 of Maple Hill
James Leslie Golden, III, 46 of Ayden
Andrews, Thompson, West, Chadwick, Richardson, Cook, and Martin were charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Welfare Act. The federal Animal Welfare Act makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to fight dogs or to possess, train, sell, buy, deliver, receive or transport dogs intended for use in dog fighting.
According to the Indictment, as part of the conspiracy, the defendants and their co-conspirators purchased, received, bred, trained, conditioned, transported, and delivered dogs for the purpose of entering them in dog fights. The defendants and their co-conspirators placed bets on animal fighting ventures, sometimes wagering as much as $100,000 on a single fight. Golden was charged with a misdemeanor for attending two dog fights.
Andrews, Farrior, and James are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base (or “crack”), and heroin. West was also charged with distributing cocaine base (or “crack”) within one thousand feet of Jacksonville Senior High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Upon the arrests of the defendants, search warrants were executed on four properties suspected of containing dogs and dog fighting paraphernalia.
The ASPCA is providing temporary care to the seized dogs in temporary shelter at an undisclosed location.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.